a grizzly lunch in YellowstonePosted: September 30, 2012
Unlike Chicago, the wildlife in Yellowstone National park is of the four legged variety.
Just five hours from our Wyoming cabin, one madcap drive takes you past buffalo, elk, moose and that fearsome predator grizzly bears. It is geysers and steelhead trout coming up the river to spawn by the thousands. It’s cooling your feet in an icy river and a few feet away warming them in the same water.
And if you love excitement, Yellowstone rests over a super-volcano.
When my daughter returned from studying for a semester in Germany, she invited a German friend who had been kind to her to visit us at our cabin. The three of us left before sunrise to creep down the primitive road to the highway where we zipped over to Cody Wyoming. There we stopped at a grocers for some lunch fruit and snacks, and it was on to the park.
We saw geysers, waterfalls, mudpots and lots of animals as we cruised through the park with pulled over cars signalling something of interest to see. About midday I picked out a nice spot near a turn in the road where a single shade tree punctuated a gently sloping field. I carried the cooler down and we sat in the sun and made sandwiches, munched chips. As we were finishing up, I noticed cars bunching just around the corner from where we had parked. Must be a buffalo I thought. We lazily made our way over to look, and as we did a chill washed over me. For just around the turn out of sight to us was a grizzly bear.